Dr. Pendergrast, with over 30 years of practice experience, completed the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in 2005. He serves adult patients at the AAHH office by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments each month. His full time practice is pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the Augusta University Health System (Medical College of Georgia). For patient consults under age 21, you are advised to ask your primary care doctor to send a consult request to the Mind-Body Clinic at AUHealth, calling 706-721-2457. Holistic medicine consults for adults are seen at the AAHH office, and fall into three broad categories.
- Integrative Medicine consults are a comprehensive health review, resulting in a printed summary document addressing solutions to illness as well as health and wellness promotion. These are a 75 – 90 minute office consult, include professional time to review medical data and synthesize recommendations, and are completed with a review of printed recommendations to initiate the recommended path to health. Fee: $305.00
- Focused consults can address specific health concerns such as how holistic medicine choices can be effective complements to conventional medicine; these appointments are 30 minutes in length. Fee: $160.00
- Clinical hypnosis appointments can address chronic pain or other difficult medical conditions for which the power of the mind-body connection is needed. These are normally 60 minute appointments (children sometimes shorter) and include a digital recording of the hypnosis session for playback and use at home. Hypnotherapy can address headaches, abdominal pain, anxiety, sleep disorders, fatigue, children’s bedwetting, asthma, and provide support during treatment for serious illness such as cancer or auto-immune disease. Listen to Dr. Pendergrast’s introduction to clinical hypnosis on the player below. Fee: $140.00
Dr. Pendergrast’s medical approach always starts with the most natural, least invasive, least expensive, least toxic options. His training in nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, mind-body and energy therapies make this approach possible, while still frequently utilizing conventional laboratory testing and prescription medications when necessary. He is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and South Carolina, and is on the staff of the Medical College of Georgia hospital and clinics. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He provides only consultative care at the North Augusta office, with the expectation that patients have a primary care physician already providing care.
Robert Pendergrast studied music at Furman University before receiving his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1983. He has a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.
After years of personal study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Dr. Pendergrast was selected in 2004 to be an Associate Fellow in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, the program founded and directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. The two year Fellowship offers training in various CAM modalities to licensed medical doctors, and emphasizes partnership and patient empowerment.